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In-House ASL Translator / Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI)

Role: In-house ASL translator/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)

Location: UK or USA

Working: Fully remote

Hours: Full and part-time positions available

Reports to: Head of Translation and Data

Salary: $49,000 per annum

Closing date: 10th May 2024

ASL Translation

Are you interested in helping us to craft exceptional experiences for our clients that will have a genuine social good? Are you ready to join a small and experienced team of innovators and make a significant contribution to our success?

About Signapse

Signapse is a fast-growing funded startup that is using deep learning to build automatic sign language translation. Our technology is grounded in world-leading AI research developed at the University of Surrey with a focus on photo-realistic video generation and machine translation. Our AI video solution is currently shown in transport hubs across the UK and USA, and we also have website and video translation tools that translate into BSL and ASL.

 

Signapse is growing its translation team, and is now recruiting for Deaf Sign Language Translators to join the team. We offer a fully remote working environment, equipment, time off for training and excellent mentorship and support. 

Job Requirements 

You will be:

  • Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) status or on track to achieve in the next cohort. This will be with the Registry of Interpreters for Deaf (RID) which ensures interpreters are trained and competent.    

  • Knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture and Sign Language. You will be a part of the Deaf Community (or an ally) and understand the importance of sign language in the Community. 

  • Keen to learn and follow processes. For example, we have a translation process and we need everyone, staff and freelancers to follow this.  

  • Committed to first-class quality sign language production. This is a 100% requirement, and you will need to know what your limits are as well as when to say “this is too difficult”. 

  • Knowledge of how technical tools can be used to speed up sign language production. For example, we only handle text when it is in our Data Collection System (DCS), so you will need to learn how to use this system, work from it and upload the finished translation back.

  • Able to handle large amounts of data in an accurate and organised manner. Sometimes, when we are given large translation data, it will need organising and you will need to be able to do this - or know when to use the skills of the wider team.  

Personal Requirements

  • Fluent or Native ASL user

  • Great communicator and team player 

  • Self-starter

  • Be able to focus and work at speed when fully trained

  • Clean enhanced DBS check/compliant with USA requirements (certificate of good conduct)

Example Responsibilities

Support the Translation team to satisfy our clients’ needs. You will do this by:  

  • Understanding client’s requirements in terms of sign language production and video editing and design. 

  • Being part of a team that recruits, engages, trains and supports Deaf interpreters and translators and organisations that work with pools of Deaf interpreters/translators.

  • Translate sign language inputs - this will be from word, audio, SRT or subtitles format into ASL.

  • Support the creation of a dataset of sign language sentences by annotating translations in our Data Collection System (DCS).

  • Communicating clearly with all team members - collaborating smoothly and effectively.  This will ensure that translations are executed with elegant, simple and efficient processes. 

Benefits

  • Statutory holiday plus bank holidays and company pension scheme.   

  • Competitive compensation and high-value equity packages

  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies and be involved in the early stages of a high-growth business

Hours

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours) although a part-time position can be offered. This is with normal virtual office hours of 9am to 6pm (based on local time zone), although flexibility is offered to suit reasonable personal circumstances. What matters most to us is strong collaboration, meeting agreed milestones and the delivery of high-quality work. In the first instance, this is a 3-month post, dependent on probation. 

 

** Please note you must have the right to work and live full-time in the UK or USA when you apply for this position.

Equality and Diversity

Signapse is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity in our team. Our aim is that our team will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We’ve created a culture of encouragement and support to enable our employees to focus on what they truly want to achieve for successful career development. Our work-life policies and flexible working practices make our employees feel more in control of their personal and working lives.

Any applicants who are native sign language users are guaranteed an interview. 

As part of our recruitment process, the Company collects and processes personal information, or personal data, relating to job applicants. We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information and to meeting our data protection obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018.   By applying for a position with us you are giving your consent for us to do so.

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